Media Release - Hassan Diab: Arab Canadian Community Marginalized by Carleton

    OTTAWA, Aug. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Ottawa Arab community is appalled by
Carleton University's reaction to B'nai Brith's baseless statement.
    Carleton's president's decision on Dr. Hassan Diab's employment
demonstrates the limited understanding she has of related issues and their
ramifications on Carleton minority students and staff. After this, Gaza, Arar,
Almalki, Abdelrazik, Galloway, funding cuts to CAF and the Canadian Islamic
Congress in one year, we feel targeted.
    Dr. Runte banned a poster depicting Israel's attack on Gaza in January
without explanation and has since refused to speak with the Canadian Arab
community. Now, we are in August and Dr. Runte fires a professor because he is
a Lebanese Canadian, an Arab. B'nai Brith used his name to cower Dr. Runte
again, pronouncing Dr. Diab as guilty before he is in court. Four professors
at American University of Beirut had the same name. No lessons learned from
the Arar Inquiry. Why are we treated differently? Why does she respond to
B'nai Brith immediately but refuse to meet with the Arab community for months?
Runte should reinstate Diab.

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For further information: Chris Assad, (613) 596-1716

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